Core Faculty

ASU is home to one of the largest groups of law and psychology scholars in the world.

ASU is fortunate to have many accomplished faculty members who are internationally recognized in the field of Psychology & Law. Our faculty hold editorial positions in top journals and leadership positions in our scholarly societies, are winners of national and international awards for their scholarly contributions to the field, and have extensive experience with obtaining funding from top agencies and publishing in top journals. The diversity of our faculty specializations spanning Psychology, Law, Criminology, and Social Work creates a truly interdisciplinary environment to investigate the intersection of Behavioral Sciences and the Law. 

Core faculty are generally available to serve as doctoral candidates' primary advisors, collaborators, or committee members.

Jose AshfordJose Ashford
Professor
School of Social Work
jose.ashford@asu.edu


Current Research: Forensic and correctional mental health; criminal justice diversion & sentencing alternatives; managing and treating violence risks; community prosecution; procedural justice; death-penalty mitigation
Linda DemaineLinda Demaine
Professor
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
demaine@asu.edu


Current Research: deceptive advertising; undue influence; evolutionary theory of law; celebrity entertainers' participation in public policy
Ira EllmanIra Ellman
Professor Emeritus
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
ira@asu.edu


Current Research: examining the factors, both substantive and methodological, that influence individual judgments about appropriate legal rules
Adam FineAdam Fine
Assistant Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
adfine@asu.edu


Current Research: Juvenile justice; transitional age youth (TAY) justice; procedural justice; youth perceptions of law enforcement and the justice system; development within the justice system context
Hank FradellaHank Fradella
Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Hank.Fradella@asu.edu


Current Research: Judicial use, acceptability, and understanding of forensic and behavioral evidence; mental health issues in correctional populations; social psychology of media depictions of law and justice-related issues
Alissa KnowlesAlissa Knowles
Lecturer
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
arknowl1@asu.edu


Current Research: juvenile delinquency and antisocial behavior, individual-level predictors of delinquency (future expectations, maturity); effect of juvenile justice system involvement on adolescent outcomes.
Karey OHaraKarey O'Hara
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
klohara@asu.edu


Current Research: family law, high-conflict divorce, parenting time decisions, child mental health, juvenile justice, intervention science
Dustin PardiniDustin Pardini
Associate Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dustin.Pardini@asu.edu


Current Research: biopsychosocial factors underlying the development of criminal behavior and psychopathic personality; evaluating the impact that early psychosocial interventions can have on these problems.
Tess NealTess Neal
Assistant Professor
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
tneal6@asu.edu


Current Research: reasoning, inference, and decision making among forensic experts, jurors, and judges; effectiveness and validity of expert testimony; forensic and correctional psychology
Michael SaksMichael Saks
Regents' Professor
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law & Department of Psychology
saks@asu.edu


Current Research: decision-making within the legal system (especially regarding the use of expert evidence) and legal policy designed to reduce medical error
Jessica SalernoJessica Salerno
Associate Professor
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
jessica.salerno@asu.edu


Current Research: emotion, intergroup dynamics, and legal decision making; jury deliberation processes; evaluations of expert testimony
Nick SchweitzerNick Schweitzer
Director, Law and Behavioral Science
Associate Professor, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
njs@asu.edu


Current Research: use and understanding of scientific evidence; scientific evidence of mental health and mental states; jury decision making; law and neuroscience
Laura SmalarzLaura Smalarz
Assistant Professor, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Laura.Smalarz@asu.edu


Current Research: Eyewitness identification and testimony; perceptions of the wrongfully convicted; police interrogation and false confessions; social biases in the criminal justice system
Stacia StolzenbergStacia Stolzenberg
Assistant Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Stacia.Stolzenberg@asu.edu


Current Research: Children’s reports of maltreatment in legal settings, especially contemporary practices for interviewing children that simultaneously develop novel methods for increasing accurate reports without increasing false allegations
Rick TrinknerRick Trinkner
Assistant Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
rick.trinkner@asu.edu


Current Research: Broadly speaking, my research seeks to understand why people follow rules and defer to authority and how regulatory agencies can best foster support from those they serve.